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Migrant crisis: George and Amal Clooney meet Angela Merkel

Handout picture showing German Chancellor Angela Merkel (2-L) receiving British human rights barrister Amal Clooney (C) and US actor George Clooney (12 Feb) Image copyright EPA
Image caption The Clooneys met the German chancellor to discuss the migrant crisis

Actor George Clooney and his wife Amal, a human rights lawyer, have had a private meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel to discuss the war in Syria and migration crisis in Europe.

The Clooneys were accompanied to the meeting by David Miliband, the former UK foreign secretary and head of the International Rescue Committee.

Mr Miliband said they discussed solutions to the "global problem".

He praised Mrs Merkel for "showing very strong leadership" during the crisis.

The Clooneys planned to visit a Berlin refugee shelter later Friday. They are in Germany to attend the Berlinale film festival, where the actor is promoting his new film Hail, Caesar.

He had told reporters on Thursday that he would meet Mrs Merkel and, separately, a group of asylum seekers, "to talk about and ask what messages and what things we can do... to help."

Germany took in around 1.1 million asylum seekers in 2015 alone, but opposition is growing within the country against Mrs Merkel's so-called "open-door" policy.